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Important Financial Information for College Students

_"Federal student loan rates will increase as much as 35% on July 1, 2006. The increase will cost you thousands unless you act now and consolidate your student loans!"_ "More Info"://www.financialaid.com/halo/app_qualification.cfm?id=bane_CH_RON_textlink_consol_SLCred&ct=0,0

Entertainment Buzz: Taylor wins American Idol

*Taylor Hicks is the new American Idol. And you only had to sit through 1 hour and 59 minutes to find that out.* Yep, the season finale was jam packed with surprise performances _(Prince)_ and a completely useless mini-award ceremony. Of course, had there not been the lame awards, I wouldn't have laughed for five full minutes at the Clay Aiken lookalike singing a song with the actual Clay Aiken.
Anyway, way to go Taylor. If Catherine had played her cards right from the beginning and tried to be the next Norah Jones and not the next Mariah Carey, you probably wouldn't have won. But I do like you. Soul Patrol!

New News @ University Chic!

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My LIfe On Mondays: Two Weddings and a Birthday Party

*I have 7 wedding invitations on my fridge.* SEVEN! With those kinds of odds, it's only realistic that some of them will fall on the same day. And since my life is usually comprised of and going to the grocery store for a gallon of milk, it was a pretty exciting Saturday when.... *3 pm* - College friend's afternoon wedding reception at a ski resort lodge *6 pm* - Little cousin's wedding and reception at church *9 pm* - Great Aunt's birthday party at community center Yep, that's one day, three big events...complicated by the fact that all of them took place in different cities, three far away cities _(basically 5 total hours of driving)_. First up was my college friend Leighanna's reception. Lee and I used to joke about getting married since we are both very career minded and couldn't possibly picture ourselves as suburban housewives. So on my way to the wedding _(in a 85 degrees and no air conditioning)_ I stopped by Anthropologie to buy her gift: a waist apron with pink ruffles. I pulled into the driveway of the ski lodge and as I hurried to put on my shirt _(I had been driving in a thin tank top)_ and touch up my makeup, the valet knocked on my window. Valet? Alright, I'll take it. As I sat munching on my chicken teriyaki skewers and chocolate-covered strawberries, I got to catch up with three college friends. Marisa, Trina and Jill had lived with Lee on the floor where I was their resident assistant. And now Jill has been married for a year, Marisa is planning her August wedding and Lee is...well, a very newlywed. Where did the time go? *It seems like only a 4 years ago they were timid freshmen, worried only about general requirements and the freshman 15. Wait...that was only a 4 years ago.* What in the world is going on here? Are they growing up too fast or am I growing up too slowly?

Universities Struggle to Prevent College Deaths

TIME magazine published an interesting article on what different universities are doing to prevent their students from committing suicide.
_"With two recent court rulings holding that college administrators may be held partly responsible for student suicides--which total some 1,100 a year nationwide, making suicide the second leading cause of death among college students, after motor-vehicle accidents--many universities have hastily adopted mandatory-leave policies in an effort to reduce the risk of self-inflicted, on-campus deaths. But a tragic result, say psychiatrists and student advocates, is that emotionally distressed students may be less willing to come forward and get the professional help they need."_ "Read the Article"://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1194020,00.html?cnn=yes

Fashion Blog: Inspired by Annie Hall

I'd never seen Annie Hall so I finally watched it over the weekend. I think it was supposed to be the original "chick flick" but I was less than impressed. Actually, it kind of reminded me of When Harry Met Sally, _(yes, I know, the chicken came before the egg, or whatever)_, but at least Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal ended up together in the end. It's quirky and unpredictable, but still delivers that predictable happy ending. Endings aside, I was particularly taken with Diane Keaton's wardrobe in the movie. I'm not sure if this kind of layering was typical at that time, but I think the silhouette is just fantastic.

Five Skills to Stay Sane and Survive College

Okay, let’s be honest and admit it: we women can get a little crazy at college. It happens. After all, there’s a lot to worry about. There’s always that one teacher who assigns a twelve-page essay on Renaissance existentialism when you’re already swamped. Many of us, in addition to schoolwork, have crappy jobs in retail

New Developments in the Duke University Lacrosse Rape Scandal

DURHAM, N.C., May 15 - _A third lacrosse player was indicted Monday in the rape investigation that has raised racial and class tensions between Duke University and its hometown._ _David F. Evans, 23, of Bethesda, Md., a team captain who lived in the house where a black woman says she was sexually assaulted by three white players during a party, was charged with rape, first-degree sexual offense and kidnapping. Mr. Evans was indicted on the same charges as two of his teammates, Reade Seligmann, 20, of Essex Fells, N.J., and Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y., who surrendered April 18._ "Read the whole NY Times article"://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/sportsspecial1/index.html?excamp=GGGNdukelacrosse

Is Work a Four-Letter Word???

Here's an interesting story. *It seems as though Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter Chelsea have a typical mother/daughter relationship: they say things that tick one another off.* In a recent appearance, Sen. Clinton told a crowd that young people today think they are entitled to much more than they are. She said we are a _"culture that has a premium on instant gratification"_. and that *young people today think _"work is a four letter word."_*
Chelsea, 26, who was hired in 2003 as a consultant by McKinsey & Co., with a very generous starting salary, took immediate offense to her mother's accusation. She phoned her mother and her mom ended up apologizing to her. Now here is a tricky subject. I think *our generation is a little more selective about the work they want to do, but only because there is so much more opportunity today.* In our parent's generation, the plan was to graduate college and get a steady entry-level position and work your way up the ladder. Today we stay in school longer, *we spend so much more time goofing off on the web, but that internet knowledge is what makes us so much more employable.* It _is_ possible to start high these days. *And who says we're not qualified?* After all, Chelsea received a master's degree from Oxford University in England after graduating from Stanford in 2001. She's probably _really_ smart and possibly even deserving of her six-figure salary _(not saying that her role as once-first-daughter has nothing to do with it)_. *But hey, all I'm saying is that we _(this generation)_ have a different dream.* It's about working less, having fun with the work that we _do_ do and making the most out of life. And dang it...we're gonna do it! "Read the news story"://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/05/15/politics/main1618081.shtml?source=RSS&attr=HOME_1618081&source=GoogleRSSTopStories&creative=topkeyword

Chic Book of the Week: Bass Ackwards and Belly Up

Harper Waddle can't bring herself to tell anyone she's been rejected from NYU, especially her three best friends. So on their last night together, (before they all split up and head to different universities), she tells them she's decided to ditch college for a year and write the next great American novel. At first her friends try to talk her out of it, but Harper's reckless abandon for the traditional establishments of learning is contagious and her friends eventually decide to join her on the road less traveled.
Harper moves into her parent's basement to start her novel, Sophie moves to L.A. to become a famous actress, Becca heads of to school, but determined to find love, and Kate hops a one-way ticket to Europe. The book spends a lot of time on relationships. Each girl has a different love interest...several love interests in some cases. And it's easy to get swept away in the romance. But not all of the romantic story lines get resolved and that's a little frusturating, until you realize that romance is not what the book is about. It's about self discovery, opportunities and risk-taking. *So what's the moral of the story? Well, let's hope it's not "ditch out on college."*

My Life On Mondays

Well I really did it this weekend. *I accidentally told my parents I was "goofing off".* FYI, when you've moved back in with your parents after college and you tell them that you just need time to find a good job...don't use the words "goofing off". The whole conversation came about when a friend asked me if I was keeping busy. *Am I keeping busy? Let's see,* I haven't sent out a resume or had an interview in weeks, I spend most of my time working at Banana Republic, watching my TiVo shows and shopping online. I never manage to work out anymore. My room is a mess. Am I keeping busy? No. This was the wrong answer. _"It's not a legitimate busy!"_ I told my dad as we got into the car. _"Sure, I'm busy, but not doing anything worthwhile..."_ That came out wrong. All I meant was, yes, working in retail keeps me busy, but I'm by no means at my full capacity of productivity. It's not like a job at the mall and cleaning my room is all I can handle! _"It's a goof off busy."_ *And that's how it happened.* Now I have to have a "talk" with my parents about my job-hunting plan. You know what this means, right? I need to come up with something fast....or actually get busy. *My Life on Mondays* is written by a recent college grad who'd like to give a shout out to Lauren, another college grad she works with at Banana Republic. Here's to "keeping busy!"

Fashion Blog: We Have a Winner

And the lucky winner is....the canvas flat with chocolate leather trim by Enzo Angiolini! Available at "NineWest.com":www.ninewest.com

McDonalds Gets a Pricey Makeover...

Trying to beat out Starbucks for the title of _"favorite college student hangout"_, *McDonalds is getting a new look.* All the hard plastic booths and cemented-to-the-floor swivel chairs will be replaced with comfy couches plush armchairs. The company is adding wireless Internet connections, plasma televisions and lounge area.
"Read the Article"://moneycentral.msn.com/content/invest/extra/P150732.asp?GT1=8180 (And make sure to check out the slideshow!)

Fashion Blog: Cute Summer Flats....Where Are You?

!http://www.universitychic.com/files/summerflat.jpg! Walking around campus in heels is too tiring. And dressing down in sneakers is too depressing. *I need a summer flat.* I've narrowed it down to three finalists...America, it's up to you to vote now. _Kidding._ But seriously, which one is the best? Let's put it this way, I've already bought one of them, but I want to be positive before I wear them out.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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My Life On Mondays

Okay, remember how I said a couple weeks ago that you needed to clear some time up in your schedule to work on your job hunt and that I had taken a whole week off to send out my resume and follow up on leads.....that didn't quite happen. No, I spent the whole time snacking on cheetos, painting my apartment and watching Days of Our Lives. _So there goes that theory._ And now I'm facing a whole week of middle-of-the-day shifts at Banana Republic, _(including one I will probably be late to in a few minutes)_, which threatens the prospect of a productive job hunt this week as well. Is doing only what you have to something we learn in college? *Sometimes I think that mastering the art of procrastination and fake-outs was just as much of a general requirement as Biology 100*. I've become _so_ good at doing exactly _(and only)_ what's expected and doing it fast that in a few minutes I will throw on some shirt and jacket, run out to my car and drive like mad, putting on mascara and concealer at stop lights. And that's exactly what I did in school, I went to the lectures, but never to the professor's office. We sit waiting for an opportunity to knock on our door....meanwhile, we have our iPod headphones turned up so loud we'll never hear it. *When it comes to getting the job done, are we our biggest obstacle?* *My Life On Mondays* is written by a college grad who exactly one year ago today, was stepping off a plane after spending five months in Europe. Now she's pinning people's pants and asking them if they'd like to open a Gap credit card.

Daily Fashion Blog: But Maybe They Will Stretch....

My boss Kate says that when you're buying shoes, comfort is an objective, not a destination...meaning that if they ain't comfy when you buy them, they're never gonna be comfy. Which is bad news for me and my new shoes because _(after wearing them about 3 times)_ they are still just a little snug. *But they're leather!?!?* Doesn't that mean they are going to stretch?

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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My Life On Mondays

Okay, remember how I said a couple weeks ago that you needed to clear some time up in your schedule to work on your job hunt and that I had taken a whole week off to send out my resume and follow up on leads.....that didn't quite happen. No, I spent the whole time snacking on cheetos, painting my apartment and watching Days of Our Lives. _So there goes that theory._ And now I'm facing a whole week of middle-of-the-day shifts at Banana Republic, _(including one I will probably be late to in a few minutes)_, which threatens the prospect of a productive job hunt this week as well. Is doing only what you have to something we learn in college? *Sometimes I think that mastering the art of procrastination and fake-outs was just as much of a general requirement as Biology 100*. I've become _so_ good at doing exactly _(and only)_ what's expected and doing it fast that in a few minutes I will throw on some shirt and jacket, run out to my car and drive like mad, putting on mascara and concealer at stop lights. And that's exactly what I did in school, I went to the lectures, but never to the professor's office. We sit waiting for an opportunity to knock on our door....meanwhile, we have our iPod headphones turned up so loud we'll never hear it. *When it comes to getting the job done, are we our biggest obstacle?* *My Life On Mondays* is written by a college grad who exactly one year ago today, was stepping off a plane after spending five months in Europe. Now she's pinning people's pants and asking them if they'd like to open a Gap credit card.

Daily Fashion Blog: But Maybe They Will Stretch....

My boss Kate says that when you're buying shoes, comfort is an objective, not a destination...meaning that if they ain't comfy when you buy them, they're never gonna be comfy. Which is bad news for me and my new shoes because _(after wearing them about 3 times)_ they are still just a little snug. *But they're leather!?!?* Doesn't that mean they are going to stretch?

Why Should I Have To Pay to Graduate?

*At my university, I had to pay to _apply_ to graduate.* I think the cost was around $15 or $20 dollars, but I was a little perplexed. Is this just a formality? Didn't I apply to the major....did they assume I wasn't going to graduate? Didn't I apply to go to school there...did they assume I wasn't planning on finishing???
Then, once cleared for graduation, you have to rent the cap and gown, pay for announcements, pay to have your diploma sent to you in a pretty frame... _they even try to get you to buy an alumni T-shirt._ Check out a recent article on CNN about "the rising costs of graduation."://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/05/03/pricey.graduation.ap/index.html

Fashion Blog: Has Anyone Smelled Jungle by Kenzo?

I've been wearing Banana Republic Classic since August...it's a very uncomplicated, clean, citrus-y scent. *And I like it, but I need a change.* But everytime I go to Nordstroms or Sephora and start smelling perfumes, I can never find anything I like. Everything is either too flowery, too chemical-smelling or just too strong. I like Jungle by Kenzo... _well, I really like the bottle._ So I'm hoping I like the scent as well.

Chic Entertainment Buzz: The Final Four on American Idol

*Come on...you watched it too.* Last night Paris got the boot on "American Idol."://www.americanidol.com Personally, I was hoping it would be Yamin. Either way, I want the top three to be Chris, Taylor and Catherine. After that, it's gonna be hard.

Fashion Blog: What Goes With This Skirt?

Later this month, I have to attend two weddings on the same day. I got this skirt from "Anthropologie"://www.anthropologie.com and I have shoes to go with it, but I have no idea what to wear on top. Thoughts?
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